Messiah’s Own

Just a few weeks ago we enjoyed a wonderful visit with fellow believers in Chattanooga. These new friends took us into their hearts and homes. They shared with us the deep joy we feel in remembering the many years our Lord allowed us to serve Him in Nigeria and Niger. Over those years we often […]

Unmitigated Mysteries

I believe God gives each of us moments during which awe overwhelms us–these are moments created unique to our personality designed and perfected by Him. For me He has used walks on the beach under the moon and the stars at night, overpowered by the majesty of His beauty all around me as I drink […]

Death Is Ambivalent

For me a real highlight of our last year in Africa was our visit to Nigeria, where we spent thirty of our thirty-seven years; the continent God gave us as the home of our hearts. On that visit we enjoyed countless reunions with friends with whom we worked during out time there. We experienced great […]

A Child In All The Right Ways

“Make me like a child in all the right ways.” Patton Dodd That God has given me a wonderful career as a missionary teacher is one of His most amazing gifts in my life. The privilege of being among children and teens all of these years in Africa has blessed me beyond description. Their joy […]

The Nigerians I Know

Since I arrived in Nigeria in April of 1982 I have always known Nigerians as an energetic;  a loving, caring, smiling; a determined and hard-working; a loyal, committed, heroic; a faithful, enthusiastic, worshipful; a joyful, singing and dancing people. Always they have welcomed my family and me with the open arms of faith embracing our […]

Camels Glance With Disdain

Animals in Niamey and other African cities are very much a part of everyday life. They share the roads with us. They sometimes wait with us at traffic lights. They walk beside our cars as they wander through the traffic on the bridge. They even swim in the river–well, I’ve seen the cows do that, […]

A Scurrying Hedgehog And Me

During my years in Niger, I have seen lots of animals. Almost daily I see donkeys and camels as I drive across town to school. Occasionally I see a hippo or two as we cross the Niger River on the John F. Kennedy bridge. (Yes, it was the first major bridge built, linking one side […]